Losing coaches and fans aren’t the only ones who have had their fill of blowouts.
Winning coaches don’t count it as the best use of time, either.
Rod York, coach of defending champion Mililani, was just glad it was all over when the clock struck zero on his team’s 73-14 rout of undermanned McKinley on Saturday.
“It wasn’t fun for McKinley and it wasn’t fun for us,” York told Star-Advertiser reporter Kyle Sakamoto. “It wasn’t a fun game. Football is supposed to be fun.”
The OIA restricts teams to just one nonconference game, and the Trojans are traveling to Nevada to take on Liberty next month. That game made last week’s scrimmage against Saint Louis, which drew more fans than any of the real games that week in part because of the free admission, not count.
So instead of testing itself against a fellow top 10 team, the Trojans emptied the bench early against the Tigers. York said he actually tried to hold the score down out of respect for coach Sam Cantiberos and his roster of 40 players.
Punahou coach Kale Ane looked disappointed after his team’s 59-0 blowout of Hilo, wishing his starters could get more than 24 minutes of work before he is obligated to pull them out of respect for an overmatched squad.
“It’s tough, but I have been on that side, too,” Ane said, referring to the proud Hilo squad lining up to sing its alma mater after being shut out.
The idea of a super conference involving the best programs on Oahu has been bandied about for decades. It sounds like York is all for it.
“It was an OIA game, we had to play it,” York said. “That’s where the people at the top of the OIA are supposed to step in and match us up. That’s what we ask for. We ask for a better matchup. We asked to play Saint Louis during this week.”
In a preseason game last week, McKinley lost to OIA D-II team Roosevelt 39-0. Mililani tuned up for the start of its season by scrimmaging the state’s powers every day.
Cantiberos knows the landscape of high school football in Hawaii, and he won’t be bemoaning the fact that he had to open against the state’s top team. He just wants to keep working until he is on the right side of it.
When asked if the Tigers should be in Division I, Cantiberos said: “I think we have the athletes to be in Division I. We have the students at the school. We just need to change the culture around so these kids come out for the team, so can field a team of 70, 80 guys.”